The Golden Eaglets will renew the perennial rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana when they battle the Black Starlets for the ticket to the U17 AFCON in Tanzania next year after they dumped hosts Niger 2-1 in tonight’s semifinal.
Saturday’s zonal U17 AFCON final will be a winner-takes-it-all as the losers will miss out altogether.
Nigeria attacked from the first whistle and forced the host nation to play most of the first half on the back foot with all 10 outfield players virtually defending their own goal.
However, against the run of play it was Niger who carved out the biggest chance of the game, but somehow they could not put away that glorious opening.
And just before the interval, the Eaglets finally struck through star forward Akinkunmi Amoo, who is reportedly on the radar of several Premier League clubs including Arsenal.
The Nigerians doubled their lead early in the second half courtesy of the team’s leading scorer Olakunle Olusegun with a super strike.
It was his fourth goal of the tournament and he was also named Man of the Match.
The goal forced the Junior Mena of Niger to come out of their defensive shell in a desperate bid to salvage the game.
They were rewarded with a goal with almost the last kick of the game, but it was too little, too late to stop rampant Nigeria to zoom into the final.
Eaglets vs Niger
John Amah – Oluwatimlehin Adeniyi, Mohammed Ibrahim, Clement Ikenna, David Shaya – Samson Tijani (Captain), Hassan Hussein (Peter Agba), Babatunde Akinsola, Akinkunmi Amoo – Olatomi Olaniyan, Olakunle Olusegun